June/July 2017 (vol. 14/1)

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Excellence in OH nurse education

Developing a sustainable blueprint to meet the needs of OH nursing in the UK


A report by the National School of Occupational Health (NSOH) has identified gaps and inconsistencies in the provision of OH nursing education across the UK. NSOH deputy head Mandy Murphy believes that quality can be improved through shared learning of core skills across the OH professions and clear quality standards for training, including for clinical work placements.

The confusion and lack of clarity around occupational health (OH) nurse education has been well documented. Employers as well as student practitioners are often unclear about which qualifications and courses provide appropriate post-registration training for OH nurses (OHNs). This is compounded by confusion about the status and relevance to OH nursing of the specialist community public health nursing part (part 3) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register. This article explores these issues and the background to, and conclusions of, a recent review of OH nursing education by the National School of Occupational Health (NSOH)1 …


Mandy Murphy is an OH nurse and deputy head of the National School of Occupational Health.


Author: Murphy M


Occupational Health at Work June/July 2017 (vol. 14/1) pp21-24

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